Episode 1's big ending.. Laurel will be bringing a hoodlum in the season premiere, but it’s one of that hour’s very final scenes that will have everyone talking and tweeting. Turning to next week, once Oliver “gets the band back together,” there’s some fun grumbling from Dig and Felicity about their “cover” identities.
The aftermath of the Undertaking.. Kreisberg says "Not well. It took it on the chin in the finale. As bad as the city was in Season 1, it's even worse now. That's part of Oliver's journey this season. We always say, "So goes Oliver, so goes the city." He's in a very dark place and he really realizes in the premiere episode that he can't be the vigilante anymore. Kreisberg went on to say "This season really needs to be about something else. The city needs a hero. It needs a symbol of hope. That's why we titled Episode 1 "City of Heroes." That's our title for the season in an odd way, because it's really about heroes coming out of the woodwork like Oliver. Even the villains this season are going to view themselves as the hero".
Oliver's lone mission? Guggenheim says "One of the things that plays a big part in the first few episodes of Season 2 is the idea that when you basically launch into this crusade, you put on an outfit, you're using an exotic weapon and you are taking on the criminal element of the city, there's going to be a response." He further added that "theirs going to be a series of responses. Like Lance says in the first episode of Season 2, "Before the Hood came to town, we didn't have earthquake machines and Dark Archers." Some of those ripples are good in the form of positive things — like Roy (Colton Haynes) adopts the Arrow's crusade and is trying to do a job of saving people in the city — but we'll also see the negatives to that, too.
Kreisberg adds that "In the beginning, [the police] are overwhelmed. They're actually targeting the Arrow because there's a feeling amongst some of the characters that all of this insanity began when the Arrow showed up. For some people, he's become the symbol for what's wrong with this city. One of Oliver's missions this year is to change the way the police and the public feel about the vigilante".
Felicity and Diggle.. "Their roles on Team Arrow evolve, particularly with respect to Felicity. In Season 1, Felicity was girl Friday where she would do whatever Oliver asked her to do. In Season 2, she's developing — like Diggle — more of a voice in terms of how Oliver goes about his missions" Guggenheim revealed.
Laurel & Oliver, On or Off? "We said there would be all these different repercussions from Tommy's (Colin Donnell) death and we're being true to that. Every episode invokes Tommy or comes out of what happened in the finale to Tommy in a very specific way". Guggenheim continued on stating "I have to say something to keep myself from getting yelled at by the people who are shipping Oliver and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards). The relationship between Oliver and Felicity over the course of Season 2 will evolve and deepen. Their relationship by the end of the season won't be the same as it is at the beginning of the season".
Laurel to reveal who Oliver is?.. "Laurel has a new mission statement and that is to take down the Arrow. Their relationship gets more complicated in the first two episodes of Season 2 than maybe people are expecting" dished Guggenheim.
Black Canary Introduction and her connection to Laurel.. Guggenheim stated that "You'll get your first glimpse of Black Canary in the premiere. Laurel [on the other hand] needed a bit of a makeover. One of our main goals this year was to really bring her into the fold in a way that made her an integral part of the stories we were telling. Black Canary's appearance is going to coincide with Laurel really struggling with a great number of things. We're throwing a lot of things at Laurel this year".
There's also talk of Birds of Prey in which Guggenheim revealed "there's an actress that we particularly need to make that piece work and we need to check on her availability".
Roy's Involvement with Black Canary?.. "Roy has not given up his night job of going out and looking for trouble. He actually connects with the Arrow very early on in the season, who sets him on a new mission. When we find Roy in the first episode, he's floundering a little bit. He's trying to find his way and he really gets his purpose set for him, which is exciting". Kreisberg also went on to discuss Roy and Thea (Willa Holland) stating that "Thea is actually in a really good place. She's running the nightclub. Roy is working as a busboy at the club and she says to him, "I control both your paycheck and your sex life." Thea has really grown up during these five months".
Moira Queen trial drama.. "There will be some courtroom scenes. Moira behaved very badly last year. Everybody is really dealing with the repercussions of that. This season, for Moira, a lot of it is about redemption. Oliver wasn't the only one who failed last year. Moira really failed" revealed Kreisberg. He also added that "Laurel is going to be joining the District Attorney's office, so she might have some dealings with the case. Part of it is she's trying to stay out of it as much as she can, but as always with these things, bad stuff happens".
Deadshot's Return.. "We've got some really cool ideas for how to bring Deadshot back into the show around Episode 6" revealed Guggenheim. Kreisberg further added that "Deadshot [will be] the leader of the Suicide Squad. We don't have any definitive plans to bring them all [the other members] together".
Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) and Sebastian Blood (Kevin Alejandro) as new antagonists "They're really enemies for Oliver to overcome more than the [they are, for] Arrow. That's a brand new dynamic that the show has this season" stated Kreisberg. Isabel was also revealed to be on the list last season and has been confirmed by Kreisberg to still be this season.
Guggenheim further went on to discuss the characters stating "What's really cool about having Isabel in the show is her character from the comics and the fact that we cast Summer Glau, I think, will form the basis of a lot of speculation as to what role she's playing in the life of the show. With respect to Kevin Alejandro as Sebastian Blood, the thing you'll see with him is he's also this force for both good and bad in the city. His confrontation with Oliver in Episode 2 is very, very pointed and charged".
The 'two big bads' of the season.. "Our two big bads of the year, we know what their end game is and we know what their master plan is and the one thing we're committed to doing is we always say every villain is the hero of their own story, so both of the big bads will feel like they are acting from a righteous place. There's a Venn diagram in terms of their goals and in the Venn diagram there is overlap. Part of the fun is playing with the audience's expectations in terms of those motivations and in terms of how they're going to interact" revealed Guggenheim.
Island flashbacks start to merge with present day?.. Guggenheim talked Island characters coming to Starling City starting with Deathstroke revealing "Our challenge is if and when Slade Wilson shows up in present day, we owe it to the fans to do it in a way that's surprising. Knowing that Slade Wilson becomes Deathstroke, it's the thing everyone's asking because it's semi-obvious, so the trick is to do the obvious thing in a surprising way".
When asked if Oliver ever visited other places before returning to Starling City, Guggenheim said "Anything is possible. You'll get an answer to that question by the end of Episode 3".
What could be the big episode 1 ending? Who will be the 'two big bads'? And where could Oliver possibly have went after the island?